A new store in downtown Woodstock is providing a space for creative entrepreneurs to make and sell their products directly to the public.
The Woodstock Downtown Development Authority opened the new retail maker co-workspace and retail shop in downtown. It’s called Made Mercantile and is located at 8636 Main St. in a building more than a century old.
The 4,000-square-foot space also includes a retail store and production space for small-scale retail products that business owners are looking to take to market at a larger scale.
“We have found throughout our business community that the small-scale retail makers are seeking a community collaboration space similar to professional co-workspaces you see in the community today,” DDA Executive Director Brian Stockton said. “We believe this new program and space will be synergistic with the space at the Circuit and the upcoming artist spaces that will be available at the Reeves House. This will be a space where the shoppers will have the ability to go shop, meet and interact with the people who are designing and making the products being sold.”
Seven companies are currently in residence at the location, including Beau Paper Co., The Woodstock Flower Co., Dirty Beauty skin care, Punk and Pea jewelry, Blu Elixir Press, Garden and Goods custom furnishings and Little Woven Home Co. embroidered gifts. The retail shop is currently open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, but expanded holiday hours may be announced in the coming weeks. Shoppers may request a tour of the artisans’ workspaces to learn more about the makers and their processes to enhance the shopping experience.
Four workspaces remain in the facility, with memberships ranging from $400 to $750 per month. Preliminary information, including application requirements, membership procedures and an interest form are available at www.mademercantile.com.